Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Only One?

As I was showering this morning, I noticed the water pooling up around my feet. So gross! And I’d just cleaned the bathroom , too, right before the guests arrived. Part of the dreaded bathroom cleaning is pulling up the shower stopper and removing the nasty hair and soap scum, always exceptionally traumatic for me with my overactive gag reflex. I remember very clearly having done it, and how proud of myself I was for not vomiting.

So after I got out of the shower this morning, I checked, and what do you know? There was enough hair stuck on their to clothe a large rodent, and none of it looked like mine. How could a couple of guests here for less than a week clog up my shower! It takes me months to cultivate that level of infestation. I was whining to SodaBoy about it, and I think we got to the bottom of this sordid little mystery. I asked him,

Am I the only one who sticks their hair on the shower wall, and then wipes it up with a tissue and throws it away?

His affirmative response was his very rapid and very emphatic. I know it sounds disgusting, but surely it pales in comparison with a big slimy clogged drain. Inevitably the damn thing clogs up anyway, from the hairs that slide down your back, and that pesky business called soap. But all those hairs that stick to the hands during the shampooing and conditioning apparently add up faster than I ever knew. So tell me, bloggers, am I really the only one to practice this questionable brand of hygiene?

12 comments:

Andy said...

First I make sure my hair is thoroughly brushed before I take a shower, so that all broken hairs are already removed. But if any still stray, I stick them to the wall and wipe them up later.

My word verification is "rtaabu" as in "Are shower-themed blog posts taboo?" I say no.

Phantom Scribbler said...

I stick 'em to the wall, too.

Nadine said...

I am not a wall sticker. But cleaning the drain was one of FF's chores. May be time to rethink the hair strategy?

Nicole said...

I do the same thing. But, I also have a screen over my drain in the shower. After every shower I pull out the hair off the screen. Keeps the gag reflex to a minimum. Husband never removes his hair from the screen though, and I find that really gross.

Not so little sister said...

I stick to the wall and then wash it down the drain. The drain gets cleaned later. It has a screen like Nicole's. Mr. LS is usually the one who cleans it even though it's my hair.

Woman Warrior said...

I totally stick my hair to the wall, but sometimes I forget to take it off. But at least that way, it doesn't start to smell bad from being stuck in the drain.

In korea, we use soju (disgusting liquor) to clean our drains. It's amazing! It's kind of like pouring lye or draino down there, but not as gnarly for the environment. (wow, imagine what the soju must do to our bodies when we drink it! gross!)

Marni said...

First time reader and I am fascinated! I have never heard of this ritual before! I just let the hair wash down the drain and have yet to have issues.

Now watch... my tub will back up tomorrow morning. I know it will!

Casey said...

I am a hair to the wall sticker. I also twist them into little circles before I stick. It makes them easier to clean up.

BerryBird said...

Welcome, Marni! Maybe you have short hair? I'm thinking the long hair adds to the problem. I'll come over for a visit and see if you have a picture posted.

Woman Warrior, I am fascinated by your tales of soju. Definitely strange to think about drinking something that would clean out the drain.

I'm glad to see I am not alone in my hair sticking practices.

jo(e) said...

I have a little thing on my drain that catches all my hair. When I am done with my shower, I reach down, grab the wad of hair, and toss it into the garbage can.

I believe I am the only person in my household to follow this practice even though everyone but my husband has long hair.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I'm a wall-sticker and so is biker buddy! We put any hair we find on the wall. I gather it with toilet paper and he just grabs it and tosses it in the trash.

I've had those screen things at other houses but I don't have one here. They are helpful.

elenajoyce said...

Put me in the "I stick my hair to the shower wall" camp. I much prefer cleaning that to dealing with a clogged drain.